Saturday, November 28, 2009

Model Cheats

Yay! I found it! My friend Christine (I hope she's okay with me referencing her as my 'friend' :)) had this posted about a year ago and I saved on my other computer (long story, it doesn't work) so I can at least know where it is and savor its goofy cartoony goodness.
You're probably asking "But WHAT is it?"
It is the model sheets for the Beatles cartoon by Al Brodax...even though on the sheet itself it says "Blueprint". Whatever. Its a MODEL SHEET.

I'm wondering what they (the writers, animators, Al Brodax himself, etc.) watched to come to the conclusion that this is how the Beatles act, walk, and carry themselves. Did they just watch "A Hard Day's Night" and go "Welp, that's all we need to know about that! Start drawing!"?

I get the feeling this "blueprint" was lost repeatedly because the quality of the Beatle cartoons tends to fluctuate.

Notice how Paul is drawn in a different way than in the first video? See, its aggravating for me drawing the Beatles in this style copying from the cartoons because I watch one of the cartoons and realize that I've been them WRONG. I had to change and rework Paul alone about three or four times. These model sheets are the closest thing they had and they don't even had the center lines on the head or the standard 'pears and balls' body construction. (See here) If I was going to describe these Beatle 'toons in anyway, I would say they're made up of 'sticks and rectangles'.
Legs-straight sticks
Bodies-boxy shapes or rectangles

That is a big reason why I didn't copy the Beatle cartoons EXACTLY. I mean, early on, I tried but it got to be a pain in the ass when the finished product didn't look a thing like the thing I was copying. So I just took what I knew the cartoons where trying to convey about how they looked (John has a boxy jaw and an arrow-shaped nose, etc.) and adapted that using my own style, which I don't know how you would describe it.
That's why its been an uphill struggle with these 'studies'. My way of doing things is to copy things best I can and do things my way, which is apparently wrong. (at least when it comes to copying the Preston Blair studies.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fixes, Part 1 I did Lesson 3, which is to go back and see what I did wrong and fix them. Since I'm not that good with my picture manipulation software of choice (Paint Shop Pro 7) I numbered the drawings

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Even More Head Studies

Tell me what you think.
I really want to move onto the next lesson. I'm sick of drawing these damn dogs! XD

Not So Big News

I changed the layout, only really because the image files get scrunched up and aren't visible most of the time.
And I added a links list. They're just websites I frequent and check at least once a day, besides my Yahool Mail.
I'll add more when I think of more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

There's a Place

This is a blog for my artwerks, mostly BUT

OMG, guys, you have NO idea how much this song makes me feel better. This might not even be my favorite Beatles song (that goes to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds") but...I don't know.
Even though I have mucho amor for all the Beatles' phases, there's something about their '63 "Please Please Me" era that just strikes me in that place. (no, not THAT place...think somewhere in the cockle region) Their haircut is in the definite mop-top but it hasn't grown out yet and they're teetering on the cusp of stardom and they seem so eager and unspoiled and enthusiastic. It's really endearing and infectious. And cute :P

It's well conveyed in this video with footage from the Dezo Hoffman photoshoot. I love how when the camera is turned on the Beatles, they'll just spring up like wind-up toys, both in this footage and in other footage like it.

In the bridge to that song, where John goes: "In my mind there's no sorrow/don't you know that it's so?" I don't know WHAT it is about that part but it makes my heartbeat quicken and my face feel hot, which is a weird reaction to have to that ONE part.

That is all. We'll now return to my depressing drawings.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

About That Webcomic...
No, no I haven't forgotten, just...ergh.

The only real problems I'm having now is:
1) Whether or not to make it have a cohesive story line that's only one page long (like a lot of the Dumm Comics, some of Purple Pussy, etc.) or have branching story lines. The problem with that is...I don't think of the story ideas as 'comic' ideas, really, I envision them (ten dollar word) as...well, cartoons. ('exposition here, gag here, build on that...') AND the vast majority of them are ideas that would take much more than one page to convey.
And if I do decide to make one-page comics, should they follow a story line or not? I can mix and match 'em, I suppose (make one story line every once in a while but mostly keep them one-page) but...check these out

These were pretty much inspired accidents. I could make more one-page comics but its hard to focus on what would be the beginning, middle and end. And end it on a joke. That is hard too.

Soooo....what are your thoughts?

More Studies, Plus Re-do

I re-did the first two dog heads and worked on squash and stretch. I know there's more on the sheet but I'm not in the mood to finish 'em now. I mean, nobody is giving me feedback, nobody is helping me (except Eddie Fitzgerald), what's the point?
I just feel low...and untalented.

Saturday, November 14, 2009